Wednesday, June 11 2003
THE IN OUTBest Jagged Rock Band Not Copping the ‘80s Revival The In Out, one of Boston’s best bands, makes music that is cerebral,
CAROLINE HERRINGSinger Who Sings About Whiskey and Blood Sweeter Than Anyone You’ll Ever Hear Voted “Best New Artist” at the Austin Music Awards last
GULLIVERGreat Hope for the Widespread Revival of Rock and Soul Music Alabama’s Gulliver are a very young band—guitarist/vocalist Scott Boyer III is
GOAPELEOne Good Reason Not to Give Up on “Neo-Urban-New Soul,” or The Only Reason This Decade to Thank Clear Channel Outside of the Bay Area,
THE DARKNESSBest Cock Rock Spandex Wearing Pretenders To Judas Priest’s Throne And I Don’t Think They’re Doing It Ironically Especially Since They’
22-20SBest New British Band to Have Every Single Person in the Record Industry Across the UK Slavering The place—The Coachella Festival, Indio, California,
The revival has slaughtered garage rock. Pop continues to eat itself. What is a respectable music fan to do? Take a listen to our critics, of course, who weigh in on what joyful noises you may be missing.
Tuesday, June 10 2003
The True Story of the West Memphis Three, on the details behind the indictment of three Arkansas boys for a group of gruesome 1993 murders.
Monday, June 2 2003
[The Blood Brothers'] dichotomy of bone-breaking screaming and jittery pop shrieking is like nothing rock or any of its inert subgenres has ever heard -- and there is beauty in its brutal destruction. Unpredictably violent and spastically catchy, the two throats chew the traditional hardcore vocal structure into tatters as they spit a grotesquely poetic ode to how people cloak themselves in lies and fake personae.
Thursday, May 29 2003
'American Life' maligns our generally antiseptic representations of the people we kill. You'd have had to log on to a Middle Eastern news network if you wanted to acquaint yourself with the unseemly fact that people die when bombs go off or that 'surgical' is an accurate description of bombing only if the surgery in question was performed in the Middle Ages.
[Tony James] suffered a great number of years being a pariah of the music industry while his vision withered away before him. However, in [Sigue Sigue] Sputnik's Internet rebirth, we have one of the great stories of rock and roll made even greater . . .
Thursday, May 22 2003
Less a curated collection than an eclectic grab bag, the films defied audience expectations and easy categories, even the ones its organizers devised.
Stephen Chow is a comic genius whose films have never seen mainstream release in the U.S.
Sunday, May 18 2003
Buffy is often mentioned specifically as a "female empowerment" show, but one of its most inviting aspects is the way its cast has always been uncommonly split between guys and girls.
Tuesday, May 13 2003
In the spring of 1992, while white America blinked fearfully at the images of anarchy in the streets of South Central Los Angeles on their television screens, fans of Ice Cube's incendiary raps and rants simply nodded knowingly to themselves. No one could deny that Ice Cube not only had his pulse on the state of L.A.'s civic affairs long before they erupted into violence, but that he also concretized a vocal resistance to entrenched racism and oppression more capably than anyone in hip-hop at the time, including Public Enemy.
Monday, May 12 2003
We expect more from PBS. The competition is too stiff now, with four other networks showing commercial-free preschool programming. PBS Kids: It's time for really new ideas.
Thursday, May 8 2003
A master illusionist, Mario Bava repeatedly made films about deceptive appearances.
It may not be 'The East Coast Sundance,' but the Philadelphia Film Festival is on its way to becoming one of the most respected festivals on the circuit.
A veteran of some 60 films, Leslie Cheung showed astonishing versatility.
Monday, May 5 2003
The Chicago band offers a sophisticated mix that takes the '80s Manchester template as a starting point, the dark dance pop perfected by the likes of Joy Division and New Order, and fleshes it out with elements of trip-hop and a post-punk guitar fuzz.